A 29-year-old man who allegedly gunned down his live-in girlfriend in the unincorporated Willowbrook area north of Compton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and child abuse involving their daughter, who was struck by the gunfire.
Juan Antonio Rodriguez was charged April 24 with one count each of murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm and two counts of child abuse.
He allegedly shot Mayra Portillo-Moreno April 21 at a home in the 12400 block of South Grandee Avenue. The 29-year-old woman, who had been in a relationship with Rodriguez for about nine years, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Charles Moore of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Rodriguez allegedly retrieved a gun during an argument between the two and fired several rounds, striking her in the upper body, shortly after 1:40 a.m., according to Moore.
Their 8-year-old daughter was accidentally struck by gunfire, even though she was in another room, authorities said.
The couple’s two other children — a year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl — were unharmed, officials said.
Rodriguez remains jailed on nearly $3.3 million bail.